Kids are the naughtiest models for a photographer. They never sit still, refuse to obey, cry and misbehave. Nevertheless, parents want to see their offspring happy and natural on the photos. So, how on Earth can you cope with their disobedience and shoot quality pics that will appeal to the parents? Check some tips that I use when work with children.
Kids are the most sincere and ingenious creatures in the world. This is their major minus and plus at the same time when it comes to photography. Everybody feels uncomfortable in the very beginning of the session, but while adults can collect their thought together and give a strained chuckle, kids won’t hide their feelings. If they are scared or confused, they’d cry and shudder upon their moms and dads. Avoid any intrusive moves and don’t try to force a kid to do something. Give a chubby lad some time to get used to you and the new environment.
The problem is it can take some time to make a little model feel comfortable. Usually it takes about 30 minutes. Don’t waste your time and turn it to advantage! If you were planning to shoot him sitting on the grass and playing with butterflies, but he keeps hugging his mom because he is scared – feel free to shoot some “hug” photos!
Start from a longer distance. As a rule, I start it with 3 meters. Sometimes a kid doesn’t even understand that he’s been shot.
With the respect to the previous point, remember that the best moments are captured when a model acts naturally. If he refuses to assume the postures you suggest but feels like crawling on the floor and playing with bugs – shoot him playing with bugs.
Grab some “requisite”: his favorite toys will help him to relax and look natural. Ask parents to opt for comfortable clothes because if the kid doesn’t feel good physically, he would be nervous and fickle.